David Y. of Bless this Bike has some pictures of the event.
Streetfilms have a video.
This is turning out to be an amazing bike month after all. Not just cause I got my bike back, but because we really have a tight community here who looks out for one another.
I don’t know all the details but while I was away at a relatives wedding in Toronto…a bunch of truly awesome bikers went way out of their way to recover my bicycle.
It sounds like a crazy story and I want to get all the details.
For now…Thank you to all the people who helped with this. I promise to thank you all personally.
Well it another round up of the bike blogsphere and news.
Right before bike month he had an article in Time Out in their Great Rides section for Brooklyn
And he was mentioned in this article in the nytimes about an art show in Berlin using bicycles.
The trend in fix gears has spawned blogs like bikesnob…to completely flush out the ridiculous nature of bikes becoming fashionable. Like this crap.
But, I will stay positive even when DKNY didn’t learn anything and keeps doing this.
But in really important bike news…former Talking heads front man David Byrne…are you ready for this?
Maybe David can start the “New York, I’m too Drunk to bike home Project.”
“This is not my big beautiful bike…MY GOD, What have I done?”
Speaking of treacherous roadways…no matter how drunk you get…
Forget about fixie riding hipsters making Williamsburg the new hot trendy spot, or East Williamsburg…I think its going to be Middle East Williamsburg, in the far off reaches of Afganistan. Joe Hendry at Messmedia.org sent out this article of how people are becoming bike messengers in Kabul.
Afghan mine victims proudly work as bicycle couriers
Reuters India, May 22, 2008
KABUL (Reuters) – Abdul Saboor rides his bicycle as far as 18 miles a day through the dusty streets of Kabul delivering packages. Most people might be daunted by such distances but not Saboor who peddles through the hilly streets using his only leg.
But that has not stopped Saboor from earning a living, albeit a hard one. He and his fourteen colleagues work for Afghanistan’s first and only bicycle messenger service, the Disabled Cycle Messenger Services (DCMS). They deliver letters and packages between offices in the city.
“Of course it’s hard work, even for an able bodied person,” says Saboor, leaning on his crutches.
The concept is simple and has been employed in large cities such as London and New York for many years, as cycle couriers can often guarantee a faster delivery time than other vehicles as they are not held up by traffic.
Kabul’s roads often come to a standstill due to the sheer amount of cars but also because of the numerous security barriers that have sprung up in the city which restrict the flow of traffic and are a great cause of complaint from residents.
Saboor is different from the rest of his colleagues in that he chooses not to use a prosthetic leg, opting for crutches instead. His leg was amputated high above the knee making it more difficult to use a prosthesis, he says.
“I used to use a prosthetic limb but it caused me a lot of discomfort,” he says, as one of his colleagues massages his own stump.
“We don’t have breakfast or lunch. Usually we wait and have dinner together with the family because we don’t have enough money for food,” says Saboor.
Afghanistan is one of the poorest countries in the world with half of its 25 million people living below the poverty line. The country has also been hit hard by the rising global food prices.
Rumble thru the Bronx is this Saturday, May 24th. 1300.
you can preregister here.
Be sure to tune into this great site, they have weekly video podcasts of the carefree punk rock lives of cyclists and couriers in the Mile High city…
Hodari, Mike Dee and their crew due an excellent job of putting on this race which always includes a beach party afterwards on city island and amazing food by Roz. There’s nothing like home-made food after a grueling 26 mile race.
One minute your gathering for critical mass trying to figure out which guy in a giants baseball cap and red sweat band is a “plain clothes” cop. The next minute “poof.” Union square suddenly is surrounded by fences and its not just to keep a large group of people from going on a bike ride. Bad Dream? Nope just another day in the never end struggle to keep our diminishing public space out of the hands of developers and utilized for what its meant to be…p-u-b-l-i-c s-p-a-c-e.
The story is a familiar one and goes a little something like this…
Find out more information about all this at saveunionsquare2008.blogspot.com
or better yet come to a rally at 5pm Wednesday, May 21st. at Union Square South.
I try and make accurate posts, check into things…alas I made a mistake:
The artist in the post below is Chris Walker who did the Giraffe and the Vandal on the walls of Wiliamsburg.